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This weekend I finally got my raised bed built and filled it with some soil from work and worked in some manure and a little bag of John Inees no.3 into the top layer. However there wasn't really enough soil so there is still some space to fill.

I know the best thing to use is Garden Compost but the stuff in my compost bin hasn't rotted down enough and isn't usable. What would you top it up with if you were me?
I do have 2 bags of 75l multi purpose compost but I'm not really sure whether that would be a good idea or not seeing as it dries out quickly!

Any suggestions are welcome!



I would add some Multi purpose compost and possibly some sand/grit for drainage


Yep, MP will be fine - just mix it in well.  I add some to all of my raised beds if they need a top-up and I've no home-made to hand.


Can't argue with that 

I've topped some of mine up already NG and will save my homemade stuff for later.


Oooh I might try that then, I was unsure seeing as it dries out after a few months. 
The soil is rather free draining with stones for drainage so hopefully it should all be okay.
Does it matter if the level is a bit lower than the top of the bed? 



What will you be planting in it ngcards? I filled mine up and then planted potatoes....meaning I ended up taking a good layer off in order to get the troughs right!  Looks great. 


I'm not entirely sure yet, so far I have some Spring Onion and Leek Seedling in my GH but haven't really thought about what else. My Gdad grows a lot of Veg himself so it's pointless me growing the same as him as it'l go to waste lol 


What about some beetroot? Really easy (even I have managed to get some seeds to germinate!) and maybe some carrots - yummy! You'll be in competition with your gd in no time!


Herbs grow well in well-drained raised beds.  I love basil and grow 6 types in one of mine.

Check what gramps is growing and choose something else - I tend to go for stuff which is expensive or not available in the shops.


I think I have some seeds of Beetroot and Carrots that I got free with a magazine a bit ago so might give them a try! 

The only things he doesn't grow really are Spring Onions and Leeks lol May just have to try different varieties of other veggies to him I think!
I've also got some Nasturtiums growing in the GH as I heard they were good for veg beds when it comes to pests

Hello - grow what you love to eat and what isn't cheap as chips in shops already.  For example - garlic is easy to grow, really useful and you'll get your money back in no time.  You can plant it in the spring and autumn so it's just the right time now.  French beans and runners are great too and you can freeze any surplus.

Also, if you can be bothered to take a layer of soil out temporarily, you can always put some of your own compost that's not ready yet underneath then put your soil back on top of it (don't mix it - leave it as a layer) - by the time your veg roots have reached down it will have rotted nicely.



You know I never actually thought about garlic, may give it a think!

Just been and added all the Multi Purpose I had which was about 1 and 2/3 of a bag, doesn't seem to have made that much difference lol Dug it over as well as I could.
Do you think I need to add some more or will this amount in the bed be enough?



Looks full up enough to me. A wee bit below the top is good as helps with a bit if protection from any wind and also watering - if it's too full it'll slop all over the top. If you do decide to do carrots I'd suggest garlic or onions as a great accompaniment as the smell confuses the naughty carrot fly. A few radishes and quick and v east too. Good luck! Post us some more pictures when its up n running!


Brilliant, my garden does catch the wind quite a lot so it's a good job I didn't fill it all the way up!

I shall of course share photo's when it's got going, just need to start sowing but I'm nervous about doing the first move haha

I found some compressed Coir which makes 10 litres of compost and has the added ability to break down and help with soil condition. I also use it for seeds and young plants. It costs 99p at your local £ shop. That's where I got my blueberry, rhubarb and lots of other plants. They do blood fish and bone, containers, netting and all sorts of useful stuff. The Coir also helps with water retention.  

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